SEA Games: Indonesia repeats to deny PH women’s volley bronze medal

The Philippine women’s national volleyball team failed to get the bronze medal after collapsing in the fourth set and yielding to Indonesia, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 in the 31st Southeast Asian Games Vietnam 2021 on Saturday at the Dai Yen Arena in Quang Ninh.

Not even an 18-12 lead by the Pinays rattled Indonesia in the fourth set, as the Indonesians unleashed a crippling 10-run to take the 22-18 lead and eventually secure the bronze.

Indonesia had previously defeated the Pinays in the elimination round — also in four sets.

Back-to-back spikes from Megawati Pertiwi enabled the Indonesians to take the match in the fourth frame, 25-21.

Her bronze medal-clinching spike sent her fellow teammates on their knees, celebrating an emotional comeback which allowed them to repeat their third-place finish back in the 2019 SEA Games

On the other hand, the Philippines’ drought in women’s indoor volleyball continues, with a podium finish eluding them since winning the bronze medal in 2005 at home.

A 5-0 run in the second set gave Indonesia a 16-12 lead, but attack errors allowed the Philippines to tie the count at 20 apiece.

A power tip from Aby Marano made it 24-22, before a setting error from their counterparts allowed the Philippines to tie the match at one set each.

In the next frame, Indonesia bounced back strong after the Philippines pulled within 19-18, going on a 6-1 stretch to take the third set.

Photo from the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC)

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